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On principle ‘buy Canadian’ sounds like a great idea, but promoting Canadian products may not be quite so simple.

Comment: Feds’ Buy Canadian food campaign could be a disaster

The feds want to spend $25 million to get you to buy Canadian. This is a great idea that could easily turn into a marketing disaster

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is going into marketing. It wants you to buy Canadian. The federal government intends to spend $25 million over five years starting this summer to promote Canadian food products and instil pride in what our country can bring to our tables. This is a great idea. But promoting Canadian products may

Food processing has made significant contributions to society’s food systems, one being that our desired foods are available year round.

Opinion: In defence of ‘ultra-processed’ foods

There’s more than a whiff of classism, and even sexism, in smug criticism of this maligned food type

Ultra-processed foods, a term coined by a Brazilian pediatrician many years ago, have been targeted as a menace to society for quite some time. Few have dared to counter the argument and this massive movement has clearly influenced policies around the world. However, the socio-economic implications of discouraging consumers to interact with these products have


Backers of the certified sustainable beef program are urging more producers to sign up as demand exceeds supply.

Fast-food chain joins beef sustainability effort

Harvey’s signs on to program as demand for certified sustainable beef continues to grow

Fast-food chain Harvey’s has become the latest major buyer to sign up for the ‘sustainable’ beef initiative. But even while the number of retailers is increasing, most cattle producers are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach that has resulted in a gap between supply and demand. However, that gap is closing, said Ponoka rancher Greg

Canada’s food-processing industry employs more than a quarter of a million people across the country.

Comment: Death by regulation

Canadian companies are being hampered by too much government oversight

The regulation of food industries has always been necessary. In the western world, successive governments have successfully played the anti-business card by implementing regulations so that consumers and the public at large feel someone is looking out for them. But at times, governments are known to flirt with populist measures in their attempt to gain

Beyond Meat signage featured on a screen during the company's IPO at the Nasdaq Market site in New York, May 2, 2019.

Comment: Beyond Meat and the plant-based invasion

The Yankees are coming! Or at least their veggie burgers are

It was just a matter of time before we saw Beyond Meat, the California-based company partially owned by Bill Gates and meat-giant Tyson Foods, make a jump from drive-thrus to grocery store shelves. Beyond Meat recently announced that its vegan burger will be available at several large Canadian grocers beginning in May, just in time


Some feel that the consumer trust built on USDA meat inspections may be in jeopardy if the responsibility is turned over to industry.

Comment: ‘No problem, I’ll just stop eating pork’

Actions that will erode confidence in food safety could prove costly

One tried-and-true tool politicians use to deflect public criticism directed at them is as old as politics itself: beat up the press. Someone in Secretary Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) thought it was time to do just that April 8 as the “FSIS Office of Congressional and Public Affairs” — USDA’s Food Safety

Farming used to be one of the most trusted profession in the country, but it is unclear whether Canadians are willing to listen to farmers anymore.

Comment: Is food dividing Canada?

Social media and other communications seem to be driving the wedge deeper, not healing the rift

For many years, farmers have tried to convey their message, their lifestyles really, to an undereducated populace when it comes to agriculture and rural Canada. They have taken to social media with touching stories and countless messages, telling Canadians what things are like out on the farm. Some called it “agvocacy.” But Canada’s new food

Farmers and producers are still digesting the updated Canada's Food Guide, released Jan. 22.

What does the updated Canada’s Food Guide mean for farmers?

Animal foods now housed in a protein category shared 
with milk, pulses, tofu and nuts

The new Canada’s Food Guide and its new emphasis on plant proteins drew swift but measured response from agricultural groups and organizations across the country last week. In a news release after the guide’s rollout January 22, Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) said it was “unfortunate that the revised food


Sharon Keene loves to serve up home-cooked meals in her restaurant.

Newdale restaurant owner shows appreciation with food

For three years Sharon Keene has put on a customer appreciation dinner

Appreciation can be expressed in many ways, but Sharon Keene of Newdale prefers to say thank you with food. And there was no better time for the owner of the Newdale Family Diner to thank her customers than during the Christmas season, as she did in 2018. For the past three years, Keene has treated

Richardson’s International’s purchase of major U.S. vegetable oil brand Wesson is an important deal for Canada’s largest grain company, says its senior vice-president corporate affairs and general counsel Jean-Marc Ruest.

Richardson International buying Wesson veg oil brand

The deal expands Richardson’s canola oil presence in the U.S.

Richardson International, Canada’s largest grain company and major canola crusher, is purchasing Wesson, the United States’ largest vegetable oil brand, from Conagra. It’s a big deal for Richardson and Canadian canola growers, Jean-Marc Ruest, Richardson International’s senior vice-president corporate affairs and general counsel, wrote in an email Dec. 19. “Very beneficial, in our opinion, to